Government & Economic Development

Strapped schools are wheeling and dealing with municipalities

May 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
State-mandated tax caps are putting additional pressure on public budgets—and spurring local governments to take unusual steps to help their cash-strapped schools.
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Pence noncommittal, but stoking talk of White House bid

May 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been saying for months that he is "listening" to national conservatives interested in seeing him make a presidential bid. Meanwhile, he has been out meeting with influential Republicans and conservatives.
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State solicits ideas for bicentennial plaza near Statehouse

May 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Significant portions of Indiana's 2016 bicentennial celebration could take place on a new public plaza west of the Statehouse. A request for information on the project issued this week assumes a $2 million construction budget.
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Lawmakers positive about Healthy Indiana Plan proposal

May 16, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday, received overall positive reviews from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
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Tower manufacturer plans 639 jobs in Indiana expansion

May 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Nello Corp. Inc., a designer and manufacturer of galvanized steel towers and poles for the wireless industry, plans to move its Fort Worth, Texas, operations to Indiana, the state announced Thursday morning.
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Senators: Administration must support biodiesel

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is considering changes that would significantly reduce the required amount of biodiesel in the United States. Industry groups, farm state lawmakers and others have called on the administration to reconsider.
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Personalized license plates on hold after ruling

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana residents who want to personalize their license plates must wait while officials decide whether to appeal a judge's ruling that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles arbitrarily granted or withheld permission for such tags.
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Pence names regulator Atterholt chief of staff

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named former lawmaker and current Indiana Regulatory Commission Chairman Jim Atterholt to succeed Bill Smith, a longtime Pence aide.
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Pence to unveil multipronged plan to expand health insurance

May 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
The governor's plan, to be announced Thursday, involves a combination of the Healthy Indiana Plan, employer-sponsored health plans and health savings accounts, according to an invitation sent Tuesday to Indiana health care officials.
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Pence returns to New York, courts GOP donors

May 12, 2014
Associated Press
Pence was scheduled to attend a meeting of conservative journalists, leaders and potential donors on Monday night that was organized by the Franklin Center for Public Integrity.
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Council OKs smoke-detector ordinance, road repair funds

May 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 24-5 Monday night to update the city code on smoke detectors. It also voted 24-5 to spend $8.3 million from the Rebuild Indy fund on emergency road repairs.
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State has $400 million in unclaimed property

May 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller is encouraging people to check an online database to see if they can lay claim to unclaimed assets.
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Voters pass record rate of tax hikes for schools

May 11, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana residents are having a change of heart as struggling school districts come to them with requests for more money.
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Cricket-association turmoil imperils local eventRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Turmoil within the USA Cricket Association could jeopardize the organization’s national championship set for Indianapolis’ new World Sports Park in August, though local officials remain confident the event will happen.
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Life sciences critical mass elusive in Indiana after years of effortRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Attempts to build the sector are making headway, but Indiana still lags leading states.
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Up-and-comer molds city's justice center dealRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Rosenberg, 28, leads Mayor Greg Ballard’s effort to build a new jail and criminal courts for Marion County, which could cost as much as $400 million, all with no new revenue.
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U.S. House votes to revive expired research tax credit

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The 274-131 vote follows calls to restore the credit by a coalition of companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Texas Instruments Inc.
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Supreme Court takes up case on death records

May 8, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An attorney for an Evansville newspaper on Thursday told the Indiana Supreme Court that the public should be able to find out a person’s cause of death. But the Vanderburgh County Health Department argued that state law says otherwise.
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Indiana manufacturer plans $7M expansion

May 8, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Yorktown-based Mursix Corp. on Thursday announced plans for a headquarters expansion that’s expected to create 108 jobs by 2017.
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Obama climate rules unlikely to wait until after election

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Within weeks, President Barack Obama's administration is set to unveil unprecedented emissions limits on power plants across the U.S., much to the dismay of many Democratic candidates who are running for election in energy-producing states.
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Low voter turnout for primary across Indiana

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Fewer than 8 percent of registered voters in Indianapolis cast ballots, according to the data from the Marion County Election Board.
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Indiana Supreme Court sides with Ballard in redistricting fight

May 7, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard in a dispute between the mayor and Democratic members of the City-County Council who challenged a redistricting plan passed in late 2011.
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Bid says 2 new hotels possible before 2018 Super Bowl

May 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city on Wednesday turned in a 900-page bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl that mentions the possibility of two new downtown hotels. Meanwhile, a Colts official said owner Jim Irsay plans to help lobby for the city's bid at the May 19-21 NFL owners meeting.
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Fadness: Fishers needs to find common ground

May 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
With a hard-fought primary battle in the mayoral election behind him, Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness is focusing on building community consensus along with a vibrant downtown.
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GOP sets sights on maintaining supermajorities

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
After most Indiana lawmakers survived primary contests, Republicans turn their focus to November as they try to maintain majorities in the General Assembly that are so large even a Democratic walkout can't stop them from passing legislation.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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